9th. June 2022

Most Political Film’s Award of the Year 2020:
Cinema for Peace’s Gala

June 9th
The Perfect Candidate PG
Director: Haifaa al-Mansour
Cast: Mila al Zahrani, Nora al Awadh,
Dae al Hilali
Countries: Germany/Saudi Arabia
Language: Arabic with subtitles. Running time: 104 mins
UK release date: March 2020

A determined young Saudi doctor’s surprise run for local city elections sweeps up her family and
community as they struggle to accept their town’s first female candidate.

“This assured and watchable picture gives Mansour’s audience a fine lesson in some key
ingredients of political life in Saudi or anywhere else; nepotism, cynicism, sexism and chaos.”

Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Mansour gives audiences a candid, often wryly amusing glimpse of life inside the Saudi
Kingdom, which is so often cloaked in opacity and menace.”
– Ann Hornday, Washington Post

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